Spencer Roach retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after a distinguished 20 year, serving as a search and rescue coxswain and counter-narcotics officer before earning an officer’s commission. He was later selected for the prestigious Judge Advocate General Program (JAG) and attended the University of Miami School of Law on a military scholarship. He is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Texas.
During his two decades of service, Spencer’s assignments included tours of duty in Alaska, a six-month combat deployment to the Middle East enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq, and service in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. His last assignment with the Coast Guard was as a staff attorney in the Office of Member Advocacy in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for providing legal counsel to members with service-related disabilities.
Spencer Roach is currently serving his second term as an elected member of the Florida House of Representatives. His district (HD – 79) covers the unincorporated areas of north and east Lee County, Florida. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Public Integrity and Elections Committee as well as the Judiciary Committee, the Criminal Justice subcommittee, the Children, Families and Seniors subcommittee, the Early Learning subcommittee, and the K-12 Appropriations subcommittee.
Spencer was inducted into the Soaring Eagles Distinguished Alumni Association and was profiled in the National Jurist magazine in 2009. He is a certified ESL teacher and has been an active volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Guardian ad Litem program in the 20th Judicial Circuit, and is also a licensed foster parent. He an avid scuba diver and traveler, with a focus on Central and South America.